The world of athletics is mourning the loss of marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum, who died in a car crash along with his coach, Gervais Hakizimana, near Kaptagat, Kenya. Kiptum’s father, Samson Cheruiyot, shared his grief after losing his only child who had promised to build him a house and buy him a car.
Doctors had advised against further pregnancies after Kiptum’s birth because of complications experienced by his mother. This made it difficult for his parents to let go of their hopes and dreams onto him. Despite this challenge, Kiptum’s father agreed to let him focus on running. According to Kiptum’s father, he had given up his studies in electrical engineering for running, which was his passion.
Kiptum’s wife Asenath Cheruiyot stated that they were supposed to travel to Rotterdam together where he hoped to compete in finishing the marathon in less than two hours. She mentioned that she is devastated about what will happen to their children now that their husband and father has passed away.
Kelvin Kiptum was one of the most promising road runners to come along in years. He set the world record at the Chicago Marathon last week, and it was ratified by World Athletics just days before his tragic death. The athletic community is saddened by this loss and sending condolences to those affected by this tragedy.